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Articles by Melissa Sweet

Calling for justice reinvestment and safer communities: #JustJustice #ALPconf2015 #ChangeTheRecord

The need to address the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will feature at the ALP National Conference in Melbourne over the weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday), the National Justice Coalition and ANTaR will hold a panel discussion with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts about a national approach to address incarceration rates and [...]

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Check #WePublicHealth to join Twitter chat on overcoming communications barriers

This week, Bronwyn Hemsley, an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist at The University of Newcastle, is in the chair at @WePublicHealth. @bronwynhemsley  has a special interest in people who need or use augmentative and alternative communication aids and technologies, and who cannot rely on natural speech to communicate. Join her in [...]

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Is Victoria up to tackling the big public health issues?

Marie McInerney writes: A public health forum in Melbourne next week will look for answers about future investment in preventative health programs in Victoria, amid concerns that the landmark Healthy Together Victoria initiative – which has attracted international attention – is set to lapse. Public Health Association of Australia (Victorian Branch) president Brian Vandenberg said [...]

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One man’s story of surviving the trauma of family violence: A #JustJustice LongRead

(Caution to readers: this article contains graphic detail of family violence. Support service details are available at bottom of article). This is the first in a two-part series by Darren Parker, a Ngunawal man and Phd candidate at Melbourne Law School, as part of the crowd-funded #JustJustice project.   In sharing some experiences of racism [...]

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Thanks for helping to make some #JustJustice – wrapping up the crowdfunding campaign

In coming months, Croakey hopes to bring you stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from across the country about the impacts of over-incarceration – upon individuals, families, and communities – and about related issues. We also will be sharing stories from communities that highlight effective, culturally appropriate solutions to help reverse the increasing [...]

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Making the case for registration of naturopaths

Should naturopaths be registered? It’s a controversial debate that’s hit the headlines again recently, following the near-death of a baby in Sydney. Dr Jon Wardle, from the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney, who has been taking plenty of media calls on this question, argues below that [...]

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If GPs had more effective advocates, would we have a better health system?

The GP publication Australian Doctor recently took the rare step of publishing a front-page editorial – one of only a handful in its 30-year history – attacking both the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). The editorial says the speciality’s lack of political influence over the last ten years [...]

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Following the fossil fuel money trail: from Gunnedah to Canberra

In 2012, the Namoi Valley Independent newspaper, serving Gunnedah and district in north-western NSW, ran a front-page splash under the headline: “A true community asset: Gunnedah Rural Health Centre finally a reality”. The story says the Centre received “a huge financial boost” thanks to a $1 million donation from Shenhua Watermark Coal. The donation is also [...]

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As the pictures show, the Border Force Act has opened a new health front for the Government

Since its first Budget, the Abbott Government has been on a collision course with much of the health sector over its health policies. But the Australian Border Force Act, whose assault on ethical health and medical practice has previously been covered at Croakey, is creating another health front for the Government. A series of headline-generating [...]

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Join us for the #WonkyHealth book launch today – on #Periscope

Today, Croakey team members are gathered in Canberra for our first-ever team meet, thanks to a grant from the Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism. We are brainstorming ideas for how to improve the services Croakey offers readers, contributors and funders. If you’ve suggestions, please join the discussion at #Croakey and send in your suggestions. [...]

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